TURN YOUR PHONE ON AIRPLANE MODE
When I don’t have access to wifi, I turn my phone on airplane mode. If you’ve travel on an airplane before, when your arrive on the plane the pilot announces to place your phone on “airplane mode.” Upon arriving to your destination, specifically out of the country this is so important to do. I’ll stop at a local coffee shop or wait until I get to my hotel to turn on wifi, just to be sure I don’t get any data charges to my bill. Data packages can be very expensive if not proper used or planned out. I love iPhones because iMessages and FaceTime works on wifi so if I need to send text messages or talk to someone with an iPhone, I can.
ADD AN INTERNATIONAL DATA PLAN
Call your cell phone provider BEFORE heading on your trip. Ask them to add an international package to your plan that best fits your needs and the country you are traveling to. I find myself always going over the data given so I try to stick with my wifi rule. This is something that needs to be taken care of before leaving the country because you won’t be able to use your phone to make calls or send texts. When I went to Mexico heir airplane did not have wifi, at all, which was shocking to me because most do. I needed to call the hotel to setup transportation service but instead I had to use the airport phones to make calls.
While I don’t personally do this, I have a lot of friends that get their phones unlocked. When they arrive, they purchase a local SIM card at the airport and switch it out themselves to have a local phone plan to use during the trip.
ENJOY YOUR TRIP
I mean I’d love to document every moment – but sometimes its best to just enjoy your trip. You spend so much money on these beautiful vacations, you miss out on priceless moments glued to your phone. I always wait until I arrive back at the hotel to check my Instagram or FaceBook feed. I take pictures but edit and post them later. Most of whatever you do on your phone can wait.